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Plotinus

Paige E. Hochschild

in Memory in Augustine's Theological Anthropology

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199643028
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191745416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199643028.003.0004

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Plotinus

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Purporting to reject Aristotle’s understanding of the human person, Plotinus introduces a deep division between the intellectual soul and the body, both in terms of ontology and operation. After a brief consideration of Plotinus on sense perception, this chapter concludes that Plotinus has two distinct kinds of memory: one that is passive, pertaining to the orderly retention of sense images, and another natural power that pertains only to the active operation of the mind. The philosopher must cultivate this second sense of memory, which concerns the forms and in fact transcends the normal passage of time. Plotinus offers no account of the relationship between these two senses of memory.

Keywords: Plotinus; Aristotle; Plato; Enneads; memory; sense perception; affection; Stoic; intellect

Chapter.  6851 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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